The Intelligence Community (IC) is well known to be a major consumer of high performance computing, but is increasingly finding itself frustrated by limitations in overall power consumption and clock speed. The amazing successes of semiconductor technology embodied in Moore’s Law give the impression that computing power might continue on its exponential growth curve indefinitely. However there are limits of miniaturization and switching speeds imposed by physics as applied to semiconductors, and these limits are now being felt. Clock speeds are starting to stagnate, and device features are now only a few tens of atoms in size, and so the search for alternative high speed and low power technologies must move on to more exotic materials and design concepts
Superconducting Electronics (SCE) offers a promising alternative to complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technology. However, as with many disruptive technologies, in order to displace the reigning champion, there is a lot of ground to make up. New pulse-based logic families operating at very low power levels are starting to be developed, but if they are to compete with semiconductors, they will have to show performance advantages for highly complex circuits. The semiconductor industry has had the advantage of decades of development of ever more sophisticated design tools that keep creating ever more sophisticated circuits.

Contracting Office Address

Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity
Washington, DC 20511

Primary Point of Contact

Mark Heiligman
Program Manager

Solicitation Status: OPEN

Proposers' Day Date: February 10, 2016
BAA Release Date: June 7, 2016
BAA Question Period: June 7, 2016 - June 30, 2016
Proposal Due Date: August 1, 2016

Additional Information

Program Description


Proposers' Day Briefing

SuperTools Proposers' Day Briefing

Cypress (briefing)

Georgia Tech Research Institute (poster)

HYPRES (briefing)

Julia Computing (briefing)

Northrup Grumman

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute